The Melania Trump mystery continues amid reports the first lady is privately advising President Donald Trump to concede the election even as she publicly tweets her support for her allegations of electoral fraud.
Melania Trump, along with Jared Kushner, has had conversations with the president about how it’s time to concede to Democratic rival Joe Biden, CNN and Politico reported.
But after the reports emerged, the first lady tweeted in support of her husband: “The American people deserve a fair election. Every legal – and not illegal – vote must be counted. We must protect our democracy in full transparency ”.
Trump has claimed election fraud in the battlefield states that gave Biden the presidency, but offered no evidence for his claims.
And senior Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller took issue with CNN’s story, writing on Twitter: “This story is not true. “
The East Wing did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Melania Trump has reportedly advised her husband to concede the election as she publicly tweets her support for her vote count demands; above the first lady after voting in Florida last week
Melania Trump, with President Trump, at the White House on election night
It’s all part of Melania Trump’s conundrum.
The famous private first lady rarely gives interviews or speaks to the press.
She largely stayed away from the public during the coronavirus pandemic, communicating through her social media channels, where she encouraged people to wear masks and follow CDC guidelines on the disease.
She advocated wearing masks but removed hers during the first presidential debate – in defiance of the organizers’ rules. She, along with the president and their son Barron, tested positive for COVID soon after.
She released one of the longest statements of her tenure in the White House following the diagnosis – describing how she felt, her treatment regimen with vitamins and healthy foods, and her concern to learn that her son had contracted the virus.
She rarely reveals her private thoughts, which is why it was shocking to hear her in taped conversations by her former friend and staff member, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.
Melania Trump rarely speaks in public, and when she does, she usually uses prepared remarks and a teleprompter. The recordings allowed listeners to hear the first lady disconnected, at times visibly upset by her life in the administration.
In one, Melania is overheard complaining “who gives f *** about Christmas” while discussing the traditional First Lady’s task of decorating the Executive Mansion for the holidays.
The tapes were released when Wolkoff appeared on CNN on October 1, hours before the news that Melania and Donald Trump had tested positive for Covid-19 was announced. Wolkoff was promoting his memoir, “Melania & Me,” which portrays the First Lady in an unflattering light. Melania Trump called the book “unnecessary gossip.”
The recorded conversation appears to have taken place shortly after Melania visited a migrant detention center in McAllen, Texas, in June 2018.
She huffed “give me a f *** ing break” while complaining about criticism she received for her husband’s policy of separating families who illegally crossed the border while having to decorate the White House for Christmas . The East Wing begins for the holiday season in June.
“They say I’m an accomplice. I am the same [President Trump], I support him, I do not say enough. I’m not doing enough, ”says Melania.
‘Where I am. I put – I work as a – my a ** off – at Christmas stuff you know, who gives f *** Christmas stuff and decorating? But I need to do it, right?
“Ok, and then I do. And I say I’m working on Christmas planning for Christmas. And they said, “Oh, what about the kids that they’ve been separated from? “
“Give me a fucking break. Where did they say something when Obama did that? she says.
Melania Trump has organized four campaign rallies for her husband, including the one above in Wapwallopen, Pa.
Melania Trump with President Trump in the first presidential debate; the first couple and their son Barron were diagnosed with coronavirus soon after
Melania Trump at a campaign rally with President Trump in Tampa, Florida.
Regarding her husband’s candidacy for a second term, Melania Trump stood out for her absence.
While the president’s adult children were campaign regulars, the first lady held four campaign rallies for the president’s re-election campaign – all in the last two weeks of the race – and was noticeably absent from her last rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan. , when the president’s other adult children and their partners were there.
Trump’s two oldest sons, Don Jr. and Eric, have advised him to continue the fight and legally challenge the election results.
And President Trump tweeted late that night on Sunday, continuing to make allegations of electoral fraud as he refused to concede the election to Biden.
In a series of tweets sent around midnight Washington time – two of them flagged by Twitter to contain disputed information – the president posted videos of his allies on Fox News alleging election fraud and other irregularities, all calling for all allegations to be fully investigated before the election results are allowed to stand.
It comes amid reports that Trump is planning a series of rallies in which he will show obituaries of deceased people his campaign claims were allowed to vote, while also touting other fraud allegations.
The Trump campaign is also said to be mounting a “campaign-style media operation” to challenge the outcome, while bolstering the workforce in states where legal challenges and debriefing are likely to continue.
Some Republicans are urging him to accept defeat, including former President George W. Bush who posted a message telling him the outcome of the election was “clear” and Chris Christie who said it was time for him to show evidence or “move on”.
Biden is ahead of 43,000 votes in Pennsylvania, 148,000 votes in Michigan, 34,000 votes in Nevada and 13,000 votes in Arizona, with the ballots still being counted. Even if all of Trump’s current challenges are successful, experts say they are unlikely to overcome those margins. The campaign promised more challenges to come.
A recount has also been called for in Wisconsin, where Biden is up 20,000 votes, and is likely in Georgia, where he’s currently up 10,000, but they are unlikely to reverse those results.
The Trump campaign has yet to produce any evidence to support its claims of widespread fraud.